166 The History of Wake Forest
Jim Caldwell, 38, who had served as an assistant coach at Penn State University
for seven years, was hired as head coach to replace Dooley in late December. With the
announcement of his appointment on January 2, he became the first black coach ever
to head a major college football program in the South and one of three black head
football coaches in Division I-A.
In basketball, Rodney Rogers was named an All-American and was ACC Player
of the Year for 1993. His accomplishments on the court were outstanding. Over
his career, he led the Deacons to three straight NCAA tournament appearances
(a school first), including the Round of Sixteen in 1992–1993. He had been ACC
Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year. On April 26, he announced
that he would enter the National Basketball Association draft rather than play his
senior season.
The men’s basketball team upset No. 3 North Carolina, 88–62, in Winston-
Salem, and ESPN’s Dick Vitale named Randolph Childress as Pizza Hut’s Player of
the Week after his 27-point performance. Two weeks later, the team rode into the
Associated Press top ten after a 98–86 win over Duke in Durham. They finished
with a 20–12 final record, the best since 1984, and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the
NCAA Tournament.
On July 2, 1992, Hearn sent Athletic Department staff his editorial from the June
24 NCAA News, “Kick foul language out of the games,” and instructed them that foul
language by coaches or student-athletes would not be tolerated. On March 24, 1993,
Hearn wrote TV basketball commentator Billy Packer (’62) about such “abominable
phrases” used by sports broadcasters as “totally awesome.” He called them “another
kind of obscenity,” without respect for “the canons of discourse.”
Hearn also sent a memo to the Dea-
con Club in September stating that Wake
Forest had no intention of deemphasiz-
ing athletics in spite of a spotty record.
He did acknowledge challenges that
needed immediate attention; for exam-
ple, Kentner Stadium’s artificial surface
had become unusable, according to men’s
Head Soccer Coach Walt Chyzowych. It
was still used when Wake Forest hosted
the ACC field hockey championship in
early November. The Lady Deacons lost
2–1 to Virginia in the first round and fin-
ished their first season of ACC play with
a 3–12–3 record.
In other events, Charlie Davis, along
with a group of Deacon athletes and
Wake Forest employees, refurbished
the home of Vernie Mae Shaw through
Operation Paintbrush in October. Marge
Crisp and Dot Casey were recognized
as the first women inducted into the
Tracy Conner
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